20 Most Famous Temples of Kerala God’s Own Country

God’s Own Country, Kerala is known for rich heritage,culture,backwaters and fascinating places of worship. Kerala has much to offer in terms Hindu temples which are known for unique architecture and design. The most famous temples of God’s Own Country Kerala are Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Ananthapura Lake Temple,Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple, Thirumandhamkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvanchikulam Shiva Temple,Koodalmanikyam Temple,Maha Vishnu Temple at Thirunelli and Padiyanoor Devi Temple of Thiruvananthapuram.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram


Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the richest Hindu temple in the world and one of the oldest and famous shrines in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and only Hindu faith are permitted entry to the temple with strictly follow the dress code.

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Trivandrum

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple at Trivandrum is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali, the goddess of prosperity and salvation. Attukal Temple is situated near the heart of the city and very close to Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple, Guruvayur


Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is the most famous temple of Lord Krishna in India and one of the most important places of worship for Hindus in Kerala. The temple is one of the Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth and also known as Dwarka of South India.

Sabarimala Sastha Temple, Sabarimala


Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world and the temple is surrounded by mountains and dense forests.

Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple, Alappuzha

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is dedicated to serpent god, nestled in a forest and has over 30,000 images of snakes. The temple is located near Haripad and is the largest such temple in Kerala.

Oachira Parabrahma Temple, Kollam

The Oachira Parabrahma Temple is an ancient temple, Situated 32 km north of Kollam. Oachira Temple is one of the famous sacred places of Kerala and it does not have covered structures.

Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, Trivandrum

Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapathy Temple is located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram City, close to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. The temple has dress code in order to enter the main temple complex and house 32 different forms of Lord Ganesha.

Ananthapura Lake Temple, Ananthapura

Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasaragod District of Kerala is the only lake temple in Kerala and the temple is guarded by a divine crocodile called Babiya. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavishnu and known for its unique structure and Babia the crocodile guardian.

Kadampuzha Devi Temple, Kadampuzha

Kadampuzha Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Durga, situated a short distance away from Madambiyar Kavu Temple. The complex has no idol in the temple of goddess Durga.

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Ernakulam


Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is dedicated to mother goddess Shakthi devi and is one of the most popular temples in the state. The Chottanikkara Devi is one of the most popular deities in Kerala.

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is one of the major Shiva temples in Kerala and the most ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam. Other most famous Lord Shiva Temples in Kerala are Chengannur Mahadeva Temple, Kaduthruthy Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Temple, Ernakulam Shiva Temple and Vadakkunathan temple.

Sri Krishna Temple, Ambalappuzha

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, built in Kerala style of architecture. Sree Krishna Temple at Amabalapuzha is one of the oldest temples in Kerala.

Thalikkunu Shiva Temple, Kozhikode

Thalikkunu Shiva Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the oldest temples of Malabar, located in Mankave. The temple is popular for its five different religious ceremonies performed every day.

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam

Vaikom Sree Mahadeva Temple is one of the very few temples which is visited by both Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites. The temple along with Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple and Ettumanoor Siva Temple are powerful trisome.

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple, Angadipuram

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple is an important pilgrim center in Kerala, especially during the annual festival. The temple is dedicated to Sree Bhadrakali and the Devi is considered as the creator and protector.

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Kannur

Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple is one of the most famous shrine dedicated to Lord Siva,located at Anthoor Municipality. The temple is one of the important sacred pilgrims centers in north Kerala, on the banks of Valapattanam river.

Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur


Vadakkunnathan Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a classic example of the architectural style of Kerala. Thrissur Pooram festival held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple with Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple and Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple.

Sree Parasurama Temple, Thiruvallam


Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Temple situated on the banks of Karamana river is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama. The Parasurama Temple is one of the most ancient temples of South India.

Padanilam Parabrahma Temple, Alappuzha


Padanilam Parabrahma Temple of Alappuzha is dedicated to Lord Parabrahma and one of the major temples in Alappuzha district of Kerala. Padanilam Sivarathri is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Kerala.

Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Chettikulangara

Chettikulangara Devi Temple is dedicated to Bhadrakali and is the most renowned Hindu temple in Kerala. The temple is the second richest temple in Kerala, only next to Sabarimala.

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